Raquel Bernal is an Associate Professor of labor economics and econometrics, and Director of the Center for Research on Economic Development in the Economics Department at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Bernal holds a PhD in Economics from New York University and MA and BA degrees from Universidad de Los Andes. She worked as an assistant professor at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) between 2003 and 2007 prior to moving to Colombia. Her recent research focuses on the determinants of an individual's performance in the labor market and in particular, the determinants of ability at early stages of life. Current research projects include estimation of structural models of women's employment, child care choices and the effects of these decisions on children's cognitive ability as well as estimation of the effects of child care quality and parents' specific time allocations on children's development. She has also worked in the evaluation of a wide variety of early childhood development programs in Colombia including Hogares Comunitarios (serving more than 1 million children) and successfully worked jointly with the government in improving and innovating in ECD policy design.